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Nepotism is alive and well in this town, as the passing of the obligatory torch (read: column) represents. Although my cousin, Miss Riprock is a city slicker type that sips on exotic martinis, calls me and everyone else she knows “darling,” demands weekly manicures, wears heels that she terms “sky high” and dons tunes that are pressed and painted all fancy, I tend to be the exact opposite. Born and raised here in Texas I like my Lone Star, steer away from restaurants who’s names I cannot pronounce, and wear boots for most of the day and often times even while asleep. On a typical Saturday night, I slip on music that’s new to me and blare it from my porch consulting my pup, Dud.

I’m a no nonsense, laid-back type that will give your album a spin and give you my honest opinion (after consulting Dud) rated by how many beers I put back if I like your tracks enough to keep them playing loud enough to annoy my neighbors. My dad calls me boy, my cousin calls me darling , strangers call me Mr. McRiprock and my friends call me Hux or something derogatory that rhymes with it.

Let’s crack one open and see where we go from here. I’ll press play.

Teresa StorchStream of Concrete–Sharing the stage with the likes of Entrain, Montbleau, Peter Mulvey and Rachel Sage, Storch puts out her first full-length studio album which is soulful and funky full of contemporary songwriting with a folksy vibe. The first track, “Your Story” is backed by a jazzy horn section and slips playfully into some intricate guitar work with the organ humming along the whole time. “Mr. Moon” is a quiet track that employs the piano and Storch’s voice crooning a track with a folksy twist. The album is an interesting mix fusing jazz, folk, rock and a loungey blues throughout. 4.5 McRipRock’s

The PonsIn the Belly of a Giant–With an official release date of November 6th, the Pons bring postmodern pop to the center.  Twisting and turning with an underlying darkness and a full sound that’s thoughtful and powerfully blindsides you without notice they push and pull the listener around while kidnapping your head and taking it for a lyrical joyride. The record release party is December 6th at Emo’s and will be worth your attendance. 5.5 McRiprock’s

The Lost Pines
Middle of the Morning–Austin bluegrass can be hard to come by, but the Lost Pines bring a heavy bluegrass, country influence. Often featured on KUT and KOOP, the Lost Pines have traveled the music scene heavily. With more of an Appalachian bluegrass feel, they produce an authentically delightful album that you ought to pick up. 5.0 McRiprock’s

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  1. lee howard

    Mr. McRipRock – is your scale based on a 10 and these are just middle of the road for you or do you have a scale of 6 which means the reviews with a 5.0 or 5.5 are awesome?

  2. hux

    Mr. Howard. Thanks for your inquiry and reading, blah blah blah. Yup, we are based on a 1-6 scale with the fivers being pretty darn awesome (6 pack project). To pull more than six in one porch drinking episode leaves my head spinning and my neighbors with a repeat disc blaring. So six it is! Hope that helps.